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July Update

July update:
Lat month we received 29 new adoption applications and rejected 6. We now have a total of 461 live applications. The total fluctuates because each month we delete any applications received a year previously.
Only one dog came into us in July – Gus, who is settling into foster very nicely and being assessed continually.
Ronnie, who has been in the sanctuary, is now ready for his forever home and will be going there soon, Bruno who was in a foster-to-adopt home has now been adopted, Donnie & Dougie are reserved but unfortunately Donnie has some health issues which have delayed them going to their new home and Dulcie who was in a foster-to-adopt home has had to return to the sanctuary due to aggression.
We have more dogs due to come in soon.
Our expenses last month totalled £6358.92

June Update

Flaming June has been a busy one for us, with 31 new adoption applications, 8 rejected, making a total of 467 active applications.
We brought in 4 dogs – 2 were confidential surrenders.
3 dogs went to (hopefully) their forever homes on a foster to adopt basis.
Our expenses for June totalled a whopping £7322.50!
We had a situation which I’ll share so you can see the sort of issues we have to deal with:
On May 10th a surrender form was sent to an owner whose dog was fighting with another resident dog. No reply to the email, no contact at all until Friday 18th June when messages were sent to me basically expecting me to drop everything to go and collect the dog NOW . We were told the dog couldn’t be with other dogs, was 9 years old and was a family pet. Throughout the next week myself and Hayley our transport co-ordinator spent a lot of time sorting out a foster home and transport, being hassled constantly by the owner to hurry things along. Believing it was genuine we put in a lot of effort to get the dog in quickly. Within a week everything was arranged, but then the owner refused to let us collect the dog from her address and refused to send anything with the dog – no bed, toys, food or even a collar/harness and lead. After arguments, lies and demands from the owner we realised all was not right with this surrender and gave an ultimatum – either she allowed us to collect and transport the dog safely or she’d have to make her own arrangements.
Lo and behold within an hour the dog was advertised for sale online for £600, she was suddenly only 7 years old and apparently got along fine with all other dogs! The owner was a breeder (explains why she wouldn’t let us collect from her house) who has told so many lies it’s difficult to know what’s true and what isn’t.
I was then told that we weren’t a proper rescue anyway, she’d had a gut feeling all along, and we would have made a lot of money on her dog (which we wouldn’t). What a waste of time for myself, Hayley and the fosterer.

May Update

We’ve had rather a busy month!
We’ve accepted 53 new adoption applications, making a total of 445. Again I ask you to let us know if you’ve now got a dog or for any other reason don’t want to be kept on our list. 10 applications were rejected this month.
We took in 7 dogs, details of which will be posted as and when they become available for rehoming. Sometimes we have confidential surrenders so can’t post details on the group page or website, but we still go through the same process of going through suitable applications.
Great news for Huey, who was in a foster-to adopt home, and has now been formally adopted. Little Dulcie has now gone into a foster-to-adopt home so fingers crossed it works out for her. Charlie, who had to be moved from his long term foster home, has now been adopted by his new fosterer.
We’re often asked why we don’t allow fosterers to adopt their first foster dog. We have this policy because too many people apply to foster thinking it’s a shortcut to adopting a dog. It isn’t, and it wouldn’t be fair on all the applicants who have been waiting a long time to adopt. However, in some cases we place dogs on a foster to adopt basis. This is where we contact applicants from our list and ask them if they’d like to foster with a view to adopting . Mostly this is done for dogs with behavioural issues, so that a behaviourist can work with them on a one to one basis, then they can adopt the dog knowing how to manage the behaviour. Another reason is if a dog has been moved around a lot from home to home. We don’t want to move them on again from foster home to adopted home so they will also go on a foster to adopt basis.
I posted an appeal for dog/child/cat free foster homes. Sadly we didn’t get as much of a response as we’d hoped for but we’re very grateful to those who did sign up and we welcome them aboard.
May was an expensive month, with our outgoings totalling £4396.12. Thankfully we have amazing supporters who donate regularly, raise money through Amazon Smile and/or Easyfundraising, donate items to auction, buy auction items etc. We appreciate every bit of help, no matter how small – it all adds up!
Anne is organising a raffle to win a lovely handbag which was kindly donated to us. Please buy a ticket – once they’re all sold the raffle can take place and you might just be the lucky winner!
We hope you and your furbabies are enjoying the bank holiday weekend and weather. Have fun and stay safe!

April Update

We’ve had a busy month, with 89 new adoption applications making a total of 441, with 15 being rejected. If you have submitted an application but no longer want to adopt for whatever reason please comment below so I can remove you from the files. With so many applications and not many dogs coming in everyone will have a long wait or not be successful at all.
Floyd came into rescue at the beginning of the month under sad circumstances but had a happy ending this week when his fosterer adopted him. Good luck in your furever home Floyd!
India was put up for adoption. There’s a lot of interest in her so Moira is busy going through suitable applications to find the best possible home for her.
Willow is still under assessment but will be up for adoption soon.
Charlie unfortunately had to be moved from his long term foster home due to the fosterer’s ill health, but he is now happily sorted and enjoying his new life.
We still have Reggie and Ronnie (The Kray twins!) in the sanctuary. We’ll be getting another update on them next week so I’ll share it in the group.
Anne offered the chance to buy a fabulous UKBTR tote bag. If you haven’t ordered one already what are you waiting for? 😃
We’ve had some lovely items donated on our auction page – thank you to those who donate items and those who buy them. Pop along and have a look -
Many of you have set up regular donations, for which we are very thankful. Every donation helps, no matter how small. Without the support of members making donations, raising funds, taking part in Gusdog’s ball lottos, buying merchandise, the auction etc we wouldn’t be able to keep going, so thank you all.
On that note our expenses totalled £2680.94 this month
Have a lovely bank holiday weekend! 😊

March Update

During the month of March we accepted 79 adoption applications and rejected 15, bringing the total of live applications to 355.
Dogs surrendered include 3 males (confidential surrenders) and India who you’ll have seen already. All are in foster being assessed and having health issues treated.
One dog was rehomed during March. Rubi has settled in very well to her forever home and is being thoroughly loved and spoilt.
We currently have one dog in the sanctuary. Ronnie is learning how to behave nicely and is doing very well. We have another dog coming in who will be joining him soon – Reggie. The Kray twins!
Anne has sourced some lovely UKBTR tote bags which will be available to buy soon. Look out for them – they’re lovely!
Sadly one of our adopted dogs passed away recently. Little Squiggle wasn’t with her forever parents very long but she was much loved and very well looked after in that time. RIP Squiggle.
Our total expenses last month were £3140.99

Applications reopened

You’ll be pleased to hear we are now accepting new adoption applications again.
We still don’t have many dogs coming in so if you submit an application be prepared for a long wait, and be aware that you might not be successful – there just aren’t enough dogs for everyone.
We’re expecting to be flooded with new applications so don’t worry if you don’t hear back from us straight away. We do always reply with an email, either saying your application has been successful or explaining that we can’t accept it and why. So check your junk/spam folder. If you haven’t heard back from us after a week get in touch again.
Application forms can be found in the files section on this page, and will shortly be back on our website.
Thank you for your patience 😊
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Latest AGM Meeting

Minutes from our latest AGM meeting